Release Date 10.19.04
Few have the gift to create music that inspires and enriches our lives; Peter Murphy is an artist
known for doing just that.“Unshattered” embodies the musical evolution of one of the most enigmatic
and influential artists of our time. Peter's newest album delivers songs that span from the commercially
radio friendly “Piece of You” and “Idle Flow” to the haunting vocal melodies of “Emergency Unit”, and
“Blinded Like Saul” which are true to Peter Murphy's legendary, signature style. Through his ViaStar
Records debut “Unshattered”, Peter Murphy and Producer Gardner Cole have created a masterpiece that
will demand the attention of dedicated fans and introduce him to those who have yet to experience this
truly gifted artist. -1st single “Idle Flow” co-written with Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) and Harry
Gregson-Williams (world renowned film composer) -Album reunites Peter Murphy with Paul Statham
(Dido) his co-writer on the multi-platinum selling album Deep -Album produced by Gardner Cole
(Madonna) features Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction), Kevin Haskins
(Bauhaus) Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) and Ramy Antoun (Macy Gray), among others...
Piece of You
Face The Moon
Thelma Sings to Little Nell
The Weight of Love
Give What He's Got
Blinded Like Saul
The First Stone
Breaking No One's Heaven
Label : Viastar Records
Distributed by Viastar Distribution
Catalog #: VIA0411 UPC: 8-8316704112-9
Peter Murphy," Unshattered " (Viastar Records)
It's been a long dark road for Peter Murphy, but it seems as though he's finally seen the light. In his 25-year career he has battled with fellow musicians, the critics, God, and himself. He has experienced the dizzying heights of success, the depths of failure, and the most unexpected of surprises. Throughout that time, he has also managed to accomplish what most people thought to be virtually impossible- bury his former 'Godfather of Goth' persona in its musical coffin once and for all. The ex-Bauhaus front man has enjoyed success as a solo artist since the mid-80's, largely in part because he created music on his own terms as opposed to the sound and image that the public had grown accustomed to. In recent years, Murphy has completely distanced himself from the dark days of yore by offering up efforts that dabble in genres that would never be caught dead on any album by his previous band. His 7th studio release Unshattered, with its folk-pop tinge taking precedence, is certainly no exception. In fact, Unshattered may be Murphy's most mainstream sounding album to date, perhaps even surpassing the conventional pop sensibility of his 1990 smash Deep, which established Murphy as a credible and powerful singer/songwriter among a skeptical public who believed his chance at fame had died along with the evaporation of Bauhaus. But like the mythical phoenix, Peter Murphy once again rises from the ashes to prove that he is not about to go gentle into that good night.
On this album, Murphy has enlisted the assistance of some blasts from the past. He continues his everlasting collaboration with Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, who cited Murphy (as well as Bauhaus) as an influence while fine-tuning his chops in Jane's early days. Perkins took part in Murphy's tour line-up in 2000 and on this disc, their musical partnership has never been tighter. Elements of Jane's tribal-yet-raucous sound can be heard on the opening track 'Idle Flow.' Also returning are guitarist du jour Peter DiStefano (Talk about a small world. DiStefano once shared the limelight with Perkins in the post-Jane's Addiction side outfit Porno For Pyros) - whose electrifying chords contrast wonderfully with new recruit Tim Pierce's heavenly Echo And The Bunnymen-esque strumming on tracks like 'Face The Moon,' 'Emergency Unit,' and 'Give What He's Got', and veteran programmer/dance producer Paul Statham- who last joined forces with Murphy on his 1995 release, the ultra ambient Cascade.
But to say that Peter has totally abandoned the shadows of the past isn't entirely accurate. After the monstrous success of Bauhaus' aptly titled Resurrection tour in 1998, the spark of his friendship with ex-drummer Kevin Haskins was re-ignited. Haskins offers his services on 'Blinded Like Saul,' a track that could easily pass as a subdued version of the Bauhaus classic 'Double Dare' with its distorted guitar and slow but pounding beat. As for Murphy's signature New-Wave croon and complex lyrics, those are still very much in tact, especially on the final track 'Breaking No One's Heaven', which marries Murphy's playfully ethereal early period a la Love Hysteria with the magical mystery of the latter period a la Dust.
Some would refer to Unshattered as another departure, albeit an extremely dramatic one, for Peter Murphy. True, it's not commonplace to find the one-time 'Godfather Of Goth' toying with harmonicas and accordions. But it is by no means a departure. It is simply another step in the musical journey of one of Alternative music's most captivating pioneers. Though the times and the sound may have changed, Peter Murphy will always remain faithful to his initial reason for entering the music industry- to change the way we view convention. Has he achieved his goal? The answer is clear.
Review by Heather Sterman
|uunshattered ALBUM CREDITS|
|Paul Statham||Programming, Associate Producer|
|Harry Gregson-Williams||Programming, Associate Producer|
|Sheetal Bhagat||Vocals (Background)|
|Bo Caldwall||Assistant Engineer|
|Orkan Telhan||Graphic Design|
|Gardner Cole||Bass, Engineer, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Bongos, Guitar|